Department Report 2012-2013
The year 2012, declared as National Mathematics Year was an academically rewarding year for the Mathematics department. It began with excellent results of the T.Y. B. Sc. Students - our last batch under the university system. Ranjini Sen broke all the previous records and passed with 98% and an overall first rank. She is now attending the London School of Economics, studying Financial Mathematics. Varsha Sreenivasan was ranked second in Mathematics with 92.5%. Four students from this batch went to IIT for the Mathematics - M.Sc. degree.
Dr. Mangala Gurjar continued to be the coordinator of the Mumbai region for the nationwide Madhava Mathematics Competition (MMC) held in January 2013.Initially started for the Mumbai and Pune regions, this 4th year of the competition witnessed an expansion to seventeen regions including Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Kerala. This competition aims to encourage undergraduate students to pursue Mathematics. In order to prepare the students of the Mumbai region for this competition, Mrs. Gurjar organized a one - day workshop in 3 different colleges -Mithibai, St. Xavier’s and CHM on 29th November, 2012. She worked as a resource person for the workshop in St. Xavier’s college along with Dr. Anuradha Garge of Mumbai University. Students from Ruia, Ruparel, RJ and other colleges attended it. In December-January 2012-13, she presented papers on “Leap Year” and “Use of invariants in solving puzzles” in seminars organized by the Bombay Mathematical Colloquium and Mathemight, respectively.
Amongst other seminars, P. Sarada Devi from Junior College attended ISHM - 2012 (International Seminar on History of Mathematics) in New Delhi in November 2012. Around this time, she also gave a lecture on ‘The History of Indian Mathematics’ at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. Upon invitation from ICHDMS 2012, (International Conference on History and Development of Mathematical Sciences) she delivered a lecture entitled " My experiences as facilitator" at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak held from November 21 to 24, 2012. Also, she attended the workshop on 'Development of Mathematics in India' conducted by National Centre for Mathematics (A joint centre of IIT Bombay and TIFR, Mumbai) at IIT, Mumbai from 6th to 13th February 2013. She also addressed the delegates of the conference on 14th and 15th Feb, 2013 at the same venue. Her topic was "Imbibing ‘History of Indian Mathematics’ in school and college curricula – an outlook".
Prof. Ashok Bingi attended a refresher course in September-October 2012 at Sant Gadge Baba Amarawati University, Amravati. Prof. Divya Revankar attended the orientation course in January-February 2013 in Mumbai University.
In January 2013, our 11th Standard students were fortunate to hear the inspiring K. Srinivasa Rao, senior professor (Rtd) from the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai on ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’.
In February 2013, Bombay Mathematical Colloquium organized M.S. Huzurbazar Memorial Lecture and prize distribution function in our college. A lecture was delivered by Padmabhushan Professor M.S. Raghunathan, on Falting’s Theorem. Here, apart from Ranjini Sen, Anurag Rao received the “Nalini Bhalchandra Khare” award which honours the student having the best profile in Mathematics.
This year saw the revival of the Mathematics Club whose members met regularly. Here, TY students helped the FY and SY students understand difficult concepts. The students who had attended MTTS (Mathematics Training and Talent Search) in the summer conducted enriching discussion sessions. The enthusiasm of Rohan Saran culminated in the publication of Mathematics Times, the first journal brought out by the department.
Students participated and won prizes in several intercollegiate competitions. Alan D’Souza, T.Y B. Sc. topped the Mumbai region in the MMC. He received Ph.D. offers from TIFR Mumbai and Bangalore, along with admission for M.Sc.in Ecole Polytechnique, Paris with a full scholarship. Paroj Chakraborty and Sachin Verma, TY B. Sc. received second prize in the crossword competition held in Ratnam College. Saumya Gandhi, TYB.Sc. was accepted by Oxford University for higher studies in Financial Mathematics. Pawankumar Pandey and Gunjan Nagda were selected for a National Programme on Differential Equations to be conducted in Bhimtal, Uttaranchal, in May-June 2013.
However, on 22nd March, 2013, we received the sad news of sudden demise of our retired Prof. S. K. Gokhale. He taught in the Mathematics Department from 1970 to 2003 and was the Head for the last 11 years. Prof. Gokhale was extremely well - respected by the students and staff of our college. During his entire teaching carrier, he did not take a single medical leave. We will always remember him fondly.
Prof. Mangala Gurjar
Head, Department of Mathematics